Paths, parks and countryside areas

Abernethy

  • Start point: Loch Garten Osprey Centre
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

The largest of the ancient pinewoods this famous RSPB nature reserve and the adjacent Dell wood owned by Scottish Natural Heritage supports one of the greatest examples of near natural forest in Britain. Conservation management is ongoing to help extend and repair parts of the woods that suffered damage in previous centuries.

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Achnashellach

  • Start point: Craig
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Mature Scots pine stand amongst an old plantation in this Forestry Commission site. Large scale pinewood restoration is taking place to remove the non-native trees and return the area to pinewood habitat.

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Amat

  • Start point: Craigs
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

A large series of woodlands between Amat and Glen Alladale at the head of Strath Carron include some of the most majestic and finest stands of ancient pinewood in the north of Scotland. This is a wonderful example of thriving ancient pinewood habitat in a spectacular mountain landscape.

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Ardgour

  • Start point: Inverscaddle Bay or Glenfinnan
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Set deep in the Ardnamurchan Peninsula there are opportunities for challenging long walks or more gentle strolls which still offer magnificent view of old pines.

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Ballochbuie

  • Start point: Old Bridge of Dee
  • Type: Ancient pinewood
  • Location: Scotland

Part of the royal estate of Balmoral in Deeside, this large ancient pinewood was spared the 19th century fellings by the intervention of Queen Victoria. Some of the trees here are at least 400 years old and there are lovely areas of peatbog with stunted pine less than two metres tall and over 100 years old.

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